Arthur Pammenter Ph.D.

Ringing in the Ears

Tinnitus or "Ringing in the Ears" is an increasingly common condition. It is experienced as a constant ringing, hissing, or other distressing noises that people hear in their head but that are not heard by others. A noise that never stops is hard to take. People who have tinnitus often have trouble sleeping, concentrating on their work, and enjoying recreational activities. Some people are in great distress from the unending noise.

The cause of this disorder varies from sudden loud noises to frequent exposure to high volumes (such as headphones, rock concerts (many baby boomers and their favorite artists have acquired it in this fashion), noisy work environments, etc.

Treatment for this condition is varied and begins with visits to Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians and Audiologists. At present, there is no treatment which will completely eliminate the condition and all who experience it must learn to cope with the incessant presence of this noise. As a psychologist Dr. Pammenter coaches sufferers on these coping strategies, teaching individuals what works best to reduce the distress that accompanies the disorder and which strategies only serve to exacerbate the problem.

Cognitive Therapy is the first step in managing the condition, usually combined with Relaxation Training. Dr. Pammenter has combined these skills with essential components of Hardiness Training to develop a program which greatly improves the overall quality of life for those who must live with tinnitus.

Try the Relaxation exercise that is on this site, it is an initial strategy to begin the coping process. Whenever your tension increases it often is accompanied by increased awareness of the ringing in the ears. By learning to reduce this tension the distress is often reduced and can also help initiate sleep when that is a desired goal.

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